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The Nineteenth-Century English Poetry Collection of Dr. Gerald N. Wachs
Exhibition on view from
Sept. 21, 2015
The Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
On Loan from Deborah Wachs Barnes, Sharon Wachs Hirsch, Judith Pieprz, and Joel Wachs, AB’92
An early Wordsworth work, signed at the end, "A Friend to
Consistency," and dated January 30, 1818. This was Wordsworth's first
contribution to the debate surrounding the election in Westmorland. This
broadside dealt specifically with the question of electors splitting,
or "plumping," their votes. Wordsworth argued that this would be
self-contradictory, and dishonorable, as the two parties were "not
merely different, but of opposite political principles."
Wachs No. 699
On loan from Deborah Wachs Barnes, Sharon Wachs Hirsch, Judith Pieprz, and Joel Wachs, AB’92
This pamphlet begins with Wordsworth's sonnet of protest, "On the
Projected Kendal and Windermere Railway," which begins: "Is then no nook
of English ground secure/ From rash assault?" The sonnet is dated from
Rydal Mount, October 12, 1844 and it had already appeared in The Morning Post
on October 16, where it was accompanied by a brief letter which is
reproduced here as a footnote. Towards the end of the letter are two
sonnets; in the first of these, "Steamboats and Railways," first
published in 1837, Wordsworth attempts to show "how far I am from
undervaluing the benefit to be expected from railways in the legitimate
application." This was an early literary response to the clash between
the progress of technology, and the need to preserve the landscape and
Wachs No. 850
Gift of Deborah Wachs Barnes, Sharon Wachs Hirsch, Judith Pieprz, and Joel Wachs, AB’92
Wachs No. 791
Privately printed, without a proper title-page, the first leaf is a
kind of fly-title, reading simply "Poems by A. H. Hallam, Esq." This
collection of poems was intended to form part of a joint publication
with Tennyson, but at the last minute, with the poems set in type and
the preface written, Hallam's father raised objections and the venture
was abandoned. Tennyson then issued his own poems as Poems, Chiefly
Wachs No. 872
This presentation copy was inscribed on the verso of the flyleaf
facing the title-page, "With the author's love to Miss Biddulph, London,
August, 1844." The recipient was one of five daughters of a country
gentleman whose Herefordshire estate was adjacent to Hope End, the home
of Elizabeth Barrett's family from 1809 until they moved to Wimpole
Street in London.
Wachs No. 748
Map Collection, Regenstein Library
Both volumes are signed on the front flyleaf by E. L. Lushington.
Edward Law Lushington (1811-1893) entered Trinity College, Cambridge, in
1828. He was two years younger than Alfred Tennyson, and with him,
along with Arthur Hallam, was a member of the select club of twelve
called the Apostles. In 1842 he married Tennyson's sister Cecilia. The
marriage was celebrated by Tennyson in the epilogue to In Memoriam.
Wachs No. 165
This volume was written by Tennyson in memory of his close friend
Arthur Hallam, who died prematurely in 1833, at the age of twenty-two.
The author's first book, dedicated to his friend Dante Gabriel
Rossetti. A presentation copy, it was inscribed by Morris to his friend
George Francis Campfield. Campfield was a pupil of Ruskin at the Working
Men's College, and an employee of Morris, Faulkner, Marshall & Co.,
a firm jointly created by Morris, Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones,
Charles Faulkner, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, P. P. Marshall, and Philip
Webb, to create and sell handcrafted objects for the home.
Wachs No. 97
Published anonymously in an edition of 250 copies, the poem did not
sell well at first, and some copies were remaindered, and others
destroyed. FitzGerald was not publicly identified as the author of this
poem until his name appeared in a Quaritch advertisement in 1875 and he was upset at the disclosure.
Wachs No. 818
The covers were designed by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. There are two
states of this book. This copy is the second state, with last-minute
Wachs No. 213
This book was first printed in an edition of 10,000 copies, in a buff
cloth binding with the blocking in black. Dodgson also had a number
bound in other colors for his own use in 1876. The following year he
described these special bindings in a letter to Maud Standen, "I have
had them bound in various coloured cloths with a ship and bell-buoy in
gold: e.g. light blue, dark blue, light green, dark green, scarlet (to
match Alice), and, what is perhaps prettiest of all, white, i.e. a sort
of imitation vellum which looks beautiful with the gold."
Wachs No. 775
This selection was made by Arnold himself and by this time he had
long stopped writing poetry, so that the text represents his final
thoughts on his own verse. Included are all his most famous poems, such
as "Dover Beach," "Thyrsis," and "The Scholar Gypsy."
Wachs No. 287
This edition of Dante's Poems was the first to include illustrations
by him. Many poems are in this volume which was not in previous versions
of the text.
Wachs No. 7
Stevenson was a literary celebrity in his own lifetime. Known today
mainly as a novelist, he was also a poet and travel writer. This work is
believed to be based on the author's childhood with poems such as 'My
Shadow" and "The Lamplighter."
Wachs No. 247
The author's first book of poetry, Houseman paid for the publication
himself after it was turned down by established publishers. It is a
collection of 63 poems, with some notables, "To an Athlete Dying Young"
and "When I Was One-and-Twenty".
Wachs No. 351
Hardy's first book of poetry with a frontispiece, 12 full-page
illustrations, and 18 head and tail-pieces, all after drawings by Hardy
Wachs No. 339
Hopkins was a Jesuit priest whose popularity as a poet came after his
death at the age of 44 in 1889. He is known now for radically changing
the style of English verse in the late Victorian era. Hopkins' type of
verse was known as "sprung rhythm" which was a radical departure from
the conventional "running rhythm" of the time and is thought by some to
be the precursor of free verse of the twentieth century.
Wachs No. 195
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